National Weather Center Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position.


Date posted

Mar. 31, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Apr. 30, 2017 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

National Weather Center Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The Research Scientist will contribute to NSSL’s Warn-on-Forecast and Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) research effort.


The SENSR is a replacement surveillance capability that seeks to address the reallocation and sharing of federal set-aside radio frequency spectrum, cross-agency mission efficiency, national radar consolidation and reduced overall life cycle cost. An important goal of this effort is to evaluate the impact of assimilating weather radar data collected by the adaptive and rapid-scan Phased Array Radar (PAR) technology, which is at least 4-5 times faster than the scanning rate of the current operational WSR-88D, on convective-scale forecasts, using the prototype Warn-on-Forecast system. The incumbent in this position will study the impact of PAR storm observations on the convective-scale ensemble forecasting system’s depiction and forecast of storm location, motion, mode, attributes, etc. that ultimately may be used to increase warning lead times for threats related to severe and hazardous convective weather, e.g., tornadoes, flash floods, large hail and damaging winds. The work will be performed in close collaboration with scientists at OU’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS). The dynamic research and operational working environment at the National Weather Center will provide the candidate with ample opportunities for career advancement.


The incumbent will conduct experiments on how to best assimilate high-temporal-resolution PAR storm observations in a convective-scale numerical model using an ensemble-based data assimilation approach. The incumbent will publish the results in peer-reviewed literature and present them at conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. Degree (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in meteorology, atmospheric science or closely related area.
  2. Research experience with convective-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) models (WRF-ARW), ensemble data assimilation software (e.g. GSI EnKF, DART) and severe convective weather.
  3. Experience with Linux (or Unix) operating systems, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++) and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL) skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals) and an ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Salary will be competitive depending on experience and qualification with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at The start date for the position can be as early as May 1, 2017.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of three references to:

Tracy Reinke
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304


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